Move the Mountain Monday: May 09, 2016
Truth of Discouragement
*Cause (someone) to lose confidence or enthusiasm
*Prevent or seek to prevent (something) by showing disapproval or creating difficulties
*Persuade (someone) against an action
Discourage origin: Late Middle English: from Old French descouragier, from des- (expressing reversal) + corage ‘courage’.
In other words, ‘Discourage’ is the opposite of courage. [information from http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/discourage]
These definitions are very interesting. Before looking this word up I always thought of discouragement as something from ourselves. These definitions show that discouragement comes from someone or something else. It is something that is done to us by others. However, we still have accountability in being discouraged. No matter how someone tries to discourage us in any situation, we have a choice (actually a duty) to not allow ourselves to remain discouraged.
Discouragement comes against us in a multitude of ways. We can be discouraged against performing a duty/task, against who we are or are trying to be, or in expressing our gifts/talents. Those that come against us and discourage us will have their own consequences in the discouragement but we will also have consequences if we continue to remain discouraged. When we allow ourselves to be or remain discouraged we show that we do not trust in the Lord. Being discouraged is in direct opposition to having faith in the Lord. The next time you feel discouraged, remember these words:
Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Move the mountain of Discouragement and “Be of good courage”!
-Alicia R. Shipe-